Bogard, MO, Aug 31, 2011 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri USDA Rural Development State Director, announced funding of $10,000 to the City of Bogard to help purchase a used Motor Grader to maintain the City’s streets. A certificate of congratulations representing the funding was presented to the City during a funding celebration held on Wednesday, August 31st at Bogard City Hall.
Dunning said, “The grant funds originated from Rural Development’s Community Facility program. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community. The remainder of the cost of the motor grader ($8,500) was provided by City of Bogard.”
Rural Development worked with Ron Clevenger, Mayor, during the application phase of funding for the project. The Mayor expressed appreciation to Rural Development for funding of the used motor grader, as the City’s present road grader was over 50 years old and beyond repair. The city was not in a financial position to purchase the motor grader without the assistance of USDA Rural Development.
“Funding of this road grader for maintaining the city streets is another example of Rural Development being committed to the future of rural communities,” added Dunning. “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials for supporting Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or contact Danny L. Jackson, at the Chillicothe Rural Development office, 1100 Morton Parkway, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601 or by calling 660-646-6222 ext. 4.
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